(“D’ya loik me man-pannies? Tree peepul DOYD makin’ deese noat-hoaggers.” / Photo by Esther Lin for MMAFighting)
The people of Dublin are in for a treat today, as hometown hero Conor McGregor does battle with Diego Brandao in the main event of UFC Fight Night 46. (We recommend listening to this traditional Irish folk song to get psyched up for it.) Also on the card, emotionless Icelander Gunnar Nelson will look to maintain his undefeated record against Zak Cummings, and these two old-timey gentlemen square off in the flyweight division.
The event isn’t airing on TV out here in North America, but CagePotato Fight Pass Correspondent Barry “Bear” Siragusa will keep you updated with live round-by-round results from the main card, which will be available after the jump beginning at 3 p.m. ET / noon PT. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest and let us know your thoughts in the comments section or on twitter @cagepotatomma.
Preliminary Card Results
- Ilir Latifi def. Chris Dempsey via KO (punch) at 2:07 of round 1
- Neil Seery def. Phil Harris via Unanimous Decision (30-27 X3)
- Cathal Pendred def. Mike King via Submission (RNC) at 3:33 of round 2
- Trevor Smith def. Tor Troeng via Unanimous decision (29-28 X3)
- Nikita Krylov def. Cody Donovan via KO (punches) at 4:57 of round 1
- Patrick Holohan def. Josh Sampo via Submission (RNC) at 3:06 of round 1
Please stand by…
The crowd is crazy! It was deafening during the first Prelim. Will the Irish Con-man live up to the hype? Will Brad Pickett mess up Ian McCall’s hair? Will McCall celebrate by saying “Bully!” should he win? Will Brandao win and become the first(?) UFC fighter to be dragged out of the octagon by an angry mob? Plenty of questions to be answered in the next few hours. I’ll resist the urge to start us off with “top of the evening” and just go with- Right ya miserable buggers, let’s do this.
Norman Parke vs. Naoyuki Kotani
Norman Parke (19-2 MMA)
Born in Northern Ireland, Parke competed in TUF: The Smashes, where he won the lightweight tournament. He had a nine fight win streak, followed by a single draw against Leonard Santos where Parke was deducted a point for grabbing Santos’s shorts.
Naoyuki Kotani (33-10-7)
Seven draws? This is Kotani’s return to the UFC after a rough start and eventual release from the promotion in 2007. He is a veteran of Pride, Rings, and Pancrase. Despite being only 32 years old, he has been fighting for nearly 15 years.
The crowd is mental. A quick leg kick from Parke. Kotani is waiting for Parke to make the first move. Kotani flurries and changes levels. Parke stuffs the attempt and the briefly end up against the fence before breaking and moving to the center. Some jabs, both men trying to find their range. Lots of foot movement. Another flurry and level change from Kotani. Parke reverses against the fence and pins Kotani there. Nasty elbow inside from Parke. Kotani misses with a leg kick.connects with a left jab. They clicnh and break quickly. A flying knee from Parke that just misses. A head kick from Parke that misses by a hair. Parke has Kotani backing up, but Kotani catches a kick and goes for the takedown. Parke defends and clinches, starts punishing Kotani with knees. Kotani distances himself and backpeddles again. Parke is throwing a lot of body and head kicks. Parke clinches and pushes him against the fence. Parke breaks away and connects with some elbows. Kotani goes for the double leg but Parke sprawls and gets Kotani’sback up against the fence o the ground. Prake dropping Some BOMBS at the ten second mark. Some HUGE ELBOWS to end the round. Wow.
Parke immediately goes on the attack with some leg kicks. A maybe low blow. Parke throws a looping left and kotani ducks under and goes for the single. Misses and Parke lets him up. They clinch and Parke slams Kotani down to the canvas. Parke starts with the ground and pound. Some nasty elbows from the top. Kotani is struggling to find an answer to Parke. Parke with some brutal elbows. Kotani can’t take much more of those. Looked like Kotani was out cold for for a second there. Kotani recovers and attempts a knee bar and Parke jumps up and gets away. They clinch immediately on their feet and Parke pushes Kotani against the fence. Parke drags Kotani to the ground and starts dropping some huge elbows Kotai is just turtled up and it’s over. Some big punches to end that one.
Norman Parke def. Naoyuki Kotani via TKO (punches and elbows) at 3:41 of the second round.
Brad Pickett vs. Ian McCall
Brad Pickett (24-8 MMA)
Currently the #6 ranked bantamweight in the UFC but making a run at flyweight where he is ranked #11. Pickett is a four time recipient of Fight of the Night.
Ian McCall (12-4-1 MMA)
Fought Demetrius Johnson to a draw in the first Flyweight fight in UFC history. He later lost the rematch. He had a two fight loosing streak after his draw with Johnson, but rebounded in his last fight with a win over Iliarde Santos. He is currently ranked #3 in UFC flyweight rankings.
Uncle Creepy rocking the Topknot. They touch gloves. McCall misses a leg kick to start things off. Pickett connects with a left hook. McCall connects with some solid leg kicks. A huge amount of movement from McCall. Pickett goes for the double legs. McCall defends and connects with some knees. Pickett manages to knee McCall solid in the nuts. McCall recovers. Huge leg kicks from McCall. They clinch and McCall ends up against the fence. He defends well and connects with some solid legs kicks. McCall tries to control Picketts head, but Pickett just tosses him out of the way. McCall with some solid combos. Pickett firing off some huge shots but McCall is just so fast. McCall has found his range and is connecting solidly with his left jab. Pickett goes for the double leg, pushes McCall against the fence. McCall reverses and gets away from Pickett. Connects wth some big shots. Pickett is moving forward but it seems he is following McCall more than dictating the pace. McCall and Pickett exchange some nasty shots. Pickett rushes McCall and McCall slips but is saved by the bell.
Pickett opens with a few big punches that McCall ducks under. They clinch and McCall takes Pickett down. Pickett gets up quickly and they trade shots. McCall gets double underhooks and trips Picket. McCall gets full mount. Pickett tries to buck him off without success. Pickett is starting to look tired. McCall tries to free up his leg and Pickett uses the opportunity to get to his feet. They face off in the center of the octagon. A straight left jab from McCall. Pickett is throwing some bombs, but McCall sees them coming. McCall attempts a takedown. Picket goes low and eats a knee and a body kick. Pickett pushes McCall against the fence. McCall hits Pickett in the groin with an inside low kick. Pickett is looking green. Ouch… They are back and Pickett connects with a looping right. They clinch and Pickett connects with a left hook on the way out. McCall answers with a jab. They both are winging some huge overhands and missing. McCall connects with a body punch. McCall defends a single leg takedown attempt and connects with a spinning backfist. He breaks away and back-peddles while Pickett hunts him down.
They both go low and miss with overhand rights. McCall connects with a kick to Picketts armpit. McCall throwing a lot more kicks early in the third. Those are starting to sting. Pickett is moving forward and going for the finishing shots. McCall is doing a good job avoiding the hard shots. McCall is shooting some major kicks. McCall connects with a outside leg. Pickett rushes in for the clinch. Some nasty knee’s from the clinch from both fighters. A big right hand from McCall, Pickett attempts a takedown and gets it for a second. McCall is up again and connects with a nasty body kick. McCall gets the takedown. Pickett is attempting a kimura, McCall is still on top and defending well. Now McCall is dropping some elbows and hammerfists to Picketts head. McCall gets full mount for a moment but Pickett defends back to half guard.. McCall is on top but Pickett is attacking McCalls body with some big shots. McCall is really pouring on shots to the head of Pickett. Pickett regains his feet at the last second. McCall connects with an uppercut and looping right at the buzzer.
Ian McCall def. Brad Pickett via Unanimous decision. (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Gunnar Nelson vs. Zak Cummings
Gunnar Nelson (13-0-1 MMA)
This will be the Icelandic fighters fourth fight inside the octagon. His first professional fight was a draw, he has been undefeated since. In his last outing he won Performance of the Night. He is known for showing no emotion… He’s the Icelandic Fedor…
Zak Cummings (17-3 MMA)
Cummings was a contestant on TUF Jones vs. Sonnen where he was eliminated in the elimination rounds. In his two UFC appearances he has gone 2-0.
This is the co-main event.
Starts of Cuminsg starts off with an outside leg kick. Nelson connects with a weak overhand left and they clinch. Cummings gets the advantage and connects with some solid knees. Nelson connects with a nasty right hook. Cummings eats it and keeps coming. Cummings is keeping his hands down after throwing combos. Nelson is hanging back and watching. Cummings needs to get his hand back up. A nice body knee from Nelson. Another nasty jab from Nelson that nails Cummings. They clinch and Cummings gains Nelsons back while they stand. Nelson reverses and they break. Cummings connects with a body shot. Nelson misses a head kick. Cummings fakes a superman punch. Cummings is trying to find his range. Cummings with the flying knee attempt. Cummings is throwing a lot while Nelson is just keeping his distance. They clinch and Cummings pushes Nelson against the fence. Cummings connects with some punches while Nelson spins away. There is the buzzer.
Cummings corner was asking for more volume. That’s a bad call.
They feel each other out. Cummings connects with a few punches but nothing hurts Nelson. Cummings attacks Nelsons legs against the fence with some knees. Cummings and Nelson are still clinched but wheeling around the octagon. They break. Cummings with the feints. A quick inside leg from Cummings. Nelson connects with a stinging straight right. Nelson hold his head really far back so his opponents don’t realize how close he is. Nelson connects with a straight right. Cummings with a flurry and an inside leg kick. Nelson with the straight right. Nelson with a great body kick, but Cummings holds on to it and goes for the takedown, Nelson attempts a guillotine Cummings defends but Nelson gets his back and starts working to sink in the RNC. It’s over! Nelson gets the win via RNC.
Gunnar Nelson def. Zak Cummings via Submission (RNC) at 4:48 of Round 2
Next up: Our Main Event.
Conor McGregor vs. Diego Brandao
Conor McGregor (14-2 MMA)
Is currently on a 10 fight win streak. Mcgegor is undefeated in the UFC, but has only fought in the UFC twice. He did however earn the KO of the night in his first appearence in the octagon against Marcus Brimage. McGregor is the former Cage Warriors lightweight champ.
Diego Brandao (18-9 MMA)
Winner of TUF Bisping vs. Miller. Currently ranked #15 in UFC featherweight rankings.
He is coming off of a loss to Dustin Poirier. He fights out of New Mexico and Jackson’s MMA.
Get ready for things to get nutty.
I have not ever heard a crowd like this.
Conor starts with a spinning back kick to the body of Brandao. Damn you could hear that one. Brandao with some nasty punches but nothing connects. Brandao goes for te takedown. Conor defends and abuses Brandaos head with punches from the clinch. McGregor reverses the clinch against the fence. Brandao hits Mcgregor with a nasty knee to the body. Brandao reverse and McGregor ends up in Brandaos guard, Brandao kicks him off and they end up on the ground. Brandao goes for a leg lock but McGregor spins away. Brandao stays down while McGregor stand and tries to land some bombs. McGregor gains the top, but Brandao looks calm. McGregor is landing some shots but nothing hard. Brandao gets his feet and McGregor starts peppering him with some hard shots. Bradnao is starting to throw down, McGregor is staying just out of reeach and connecting with jabs. McGregor connects with a HUGE straight left hand and Brandao goes down! McGRegor is on top and starts absolutely POUNDING Brandao. What is the ref waiting for! There it is. It’s all over. Conor McGregor defeats Diego Brandao via TKO.
Conor McGregor def. Diego Brandao via TKO (Punches) at 4:05 of round one.
Post fight interview:
McGregor: “Not a man alive that could come on this soil (Ireland) and beat me. I’m going back stage with Lorenzo and some “foin” ass whiskey and talk football stadiums and world titles!”
What a main event. The Hype is for real, Conor McGregor as hard as a coffin nail.
There is nothing more to say except.
“May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand”
-Irish Parting Wish